James Bredin (1933 / Ennis Canada)
Canadian binding referendums are completely forbidden,
Our party politicians don't want to be overridden,
By the people with very few real democratic tools,
No binding referendums or compulsory voting rules.
If elite types play their cards right, they can get an appointment,
To a cushy job in the Senate and never again have a disappointment,
But death-with-dignity is not allowed and never mentioned,
Because of the possibility it might cause some tension.
Several years ago, they told Sue Rodriguez that she had to die,
With Lou Gehrig's disease with pain and we will never know why,
We don't even have proportional representation,
Which causes an untold amount of political frustration.
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